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My friend is one who takes me for what I am.

The most I can do for my friend is simply to be his friend.

It is not enough to be busy. The question is what are we busy about?

The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.

Thank God men cannot as yet fly and lay waste the sky as well as the earth.

We cannot afford not to live in the present. He is blessed over all mortals who loses no moment of the passing life in remembering the past.

Nature will bear the closest inspection. She invites us to lay our eye level with her smallest leaf, and take an insect view of its plain.

Keep your accounts on your thumbnail.

A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone.

Men are born to succeed, not to fail.

I'd rather sit alone on a pumpkin and have it all to myself than be crowded on a velvet cushion.

The squirrel that you kill in jest, dies in earnest.

I rejoice that there are owls. They represent the stark twilight and unsatisfied thoughts which all have.

All this worldly wisdom was once the unnameable heresy of some wise man.

Dreams are the touchstones of our characters.

Children, who play life, discern its true law and relations more clearly than men, who fail to live it worthily, but who think that they are wiser by experience.

The youth gets together his materials to build a bridge to the moon, or perchance a palace or temple on the earth, and at length the middle-aged man concludes to build a wood-shed with them.

Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads.

Any fool can make a rule, and any fool will mind it.

There is no remedy for love but to love more.

If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let his step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.

He is the best sailor who can steer within fewest points of the wind, and exact a motive power out of the greatest obstacles.

None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm.

Men are probably nearer the central truth in their superstitions than in their science.

Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.

If a man walks in the woods for love of them half of each day, he is in danger of being regarded as a loafer. But if he spends his days as a speculator, shearing off those woods and making the earth bald before her time, he is deemed an industrious and enterprising citizen.

A gun gives you the body, not the bird.

Things do not change; we change.

We are all sculptors and painters, and our material is our own flesh and bones.

Every generation laughs at the old fashions, but follows religiously the new.

The man who goes alone can start today; but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready.

Men have become the tools of their tools.

Distrust any enterprise that requires new clothes.

Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.

I have learned, that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.

Be true to your work, your word, and your friend.

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.
(also attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson)

If one advances confidently in the direction of their dreams, and endeavor to lead a life which they have imagined, they will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.

Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influences of each.

You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one.

Dreams are the touchstones of our character.

Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake.

If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put foundations under them.

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.

Every child begins the world again.

Do not hire a man who does your work for money, but him who does it for love of it.

In the long run men hit only what they aim at. Therefore, though they should fail immediately, they had better aim at something high.

I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor.

Goodness is the only investment that never fails.

Our life is frittered away by detail ... Simplify, simplify.

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